Thursday 24 August 2017

Boy (4) 'shot himself with loaded gun' after he was dropped off at babysitter's house

"There's no reason a child should be within reach of any type of weapon whatsoever at any point in time"

Cole Falcetti
Cole Falcetti
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A four-year-old boy died after he allegedly shot himself with a loaded gun at his babysitter's home.

Cole Falcetti (4) died shortly after his mum Kyrin dropped him off at his carer's home in Virginia.

The mum-of-three received a heartbreaking phonecall to say that Cole had been injured and was pronounced dead at the daycare facility.

"I don't want to be burying my son," his mother Kyrin told NBC Washington, clutching the stuffed toy Cole slept with every night. "He didn't do anything wrong."

It's believed a sheriff’s deputy in training lived at the home, but he denied that the gun that was left loaded was his.

Cole's family is waiting for word on charges. It is illegal in Virginia to leave a loaded, unsecured firearm where children can find it.

"If you have a weapon, gun safety," dad Josh Falcetti told NBC Washington. "It's something that they teach for any person that gets a weapon. Keep it secure. There's no reason a child should be within reach of any type of weapon whatsoever at any point in time."

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further information until the investigation is complete.

The family have set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds for the four-year-old's family.

"It's very difficult to keep things together right now, but Josh and I would be forever greatful for any help you can give. We want to give Cole the best service a 4 year old can get. He deserves everything. He would have made such a great man. Please, anything will help. Let's us all come together and show Cole how much he is loved."

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